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Miyabi Artisan SG2 or Mcusta Zanmai classic?

Discussion in 'Kitchen Cutlery & Tools' started by MatthewJN, Jul 2, 2016.

  1. MatthewJN

    MatthewJN

    12
    Jun 27, 2016
    I'm looking for a good chef's knife to get myself when I finish community college(I am in the culinary arts program) in June 2017. I own the Miyabi Fusion and love it. I know the Miyabi Artisan SG2 steel is supposed to be a better steel than what is on the Miyabi Fusion. Mcusta Zanmai is VG-10 which is similar to what is on the Miyabi Fusion. I heard SG2 doesn't chip and scratch as easy as VG-10. I want a knife that looks great and performs well. I want one of the longer blades, because I currently own three 8 inch knives. And I know the longer blade can be more useful. Any recommendations? I am also interested in Dalstrong's Shogun Series chef's knife, though I want to go with a more reputable brand.

    http://www.cutleryandmore.com/mcusta-zanmai-pro-classic/chefs-knife-p132941

    http://www.cutleryandmore.com/miyabi-artisan-sg2/chefs-knife-p135189

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B015NFHU9...UTF8&colid=88CNN129GP9P&coliid=I2CVQG257JL9N0
     
  2. jdm61

    jdm61 itinerant metal pounder Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 12, 2005
    My understanding is that VG10 varies depending on how much care the maker takes with it. I had a Hattori "forum" knife in VG10 and it was pretty well done and priced accordingly.
     
  3. MatthewJN

    MatthewJN

    12
    Jun 27, 2016
    I understand that everyone has their own way of treating steel. Any knife recommendations? I saw on another thread someone said the steel on the Hattori KD is similar to the Miyabi Artisan SG2 steel.
     
    Last edited: Jul 3, 2016
  4. Fritz MacKrieg

    Fritz MacKrieg

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    Jul 22, 2014
  5. timos-

    timos- KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 22, 2012
    I enjoyed using the harukaze aogami super , you can get that in 240 mm length. The edge on it was among my favorites.
     
  6. woodworkcan

    woodworkcan

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    Feb 21, 2016
    I have tried the Miyabi Artisan in the store and I didn't like the handle fit in my hand. I prefer the Miyabi 6000 mcd series.
     
  7. MatthewJN

    MatthewJN

    12
    Jun 27, 2016
    The handle is personal preference though. Did you get to cut with it? I like the way the artisan looks over the mizu. I'm unfortunately not able to test if a knife is comfortable for me or not. No sur la tab or any other store that sells high end knives in my city, closest sur la tab is 2 hours away in San Francisco
     
  8. woodworkcan

    woodworkcan

    6
    Feb 21, 2016
    Those knifemakers should have sufficient control over their process. I would not worry too much about which steel they are using. For the average knife enthousiast (including myself) it is difficult to tell the steel performance difference on those levels. Comming back to the miyabi artisan, the bulge underneath made my knuckels very close to the board and sometimes they touched and I don't have big hands for north american standards.
     
  9. MatthewJN

    MatthewJN

    12
    Jun 27, 2016
    Yeah knuckles hitting the board is a problem, maybe the mizu might be a better choice.
     
  10. Seesteel

    Seesteel Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jul 7, 2018
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2018
  11. jdm61

    jdm61 itinerant metal pounder Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 12, 2005
    Misono UX-10?
     
  12. KenHash

    KenHash Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 11, 2014
    I could throw out lots of recommendations. But sticking with he OP's list, The Zanami models are made by MCUSTA in Seki Japan. The Miyabi is made by Zwilling JA Henckels brand but they built a factory in Seki Japan to make them. Dalstrong while using Japanese words to name their knives is made in Yangjiang China and their aggressive internet advertising has turned a lot of people off.

    https://www.fakespot.com/product/da...n-series-x-gyuto-vg10-hammered-finish-8-200mm
     
  13. jc57

    jc57 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2012
    Keeping in mind that the original post was from 2 1/2 years ago, and that the OP has not logged in again since August 2016.
     
  14. KenHash

    KenHash Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 11, 2014
    Yes I saw it's an old OP, but I was really responding to the post from Saturday 12/01/18 which stuck with the OP about the Zanmai brand. As well at the subsequent one bringing up another brand.
     
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